Saturday, July 10, 2010

Oatmeal Cookies in a Stand Mixer

One purchase that has never disappointed me has been my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I have a well-used and loved hand mixer that I still get out for different cooking & baking tasks, but when I'm doing a big batch of cookies, whipping egg whites (that flourless chocolate cake) or making bread dough (the dough hook is what originally inspired the purchase), I turn to the Kitchen Aid.

Here's a recipe for easy oatmeal cookies where you just dump the ingredients into your mixer. I made them for no other occasion than I just felt like having a cookie. (Almost) instant gratification.

Bec's Oatmeal Cookies (3 dozen)

1 stick butter, softened
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar

1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

Reduce the speed of the mixer and add
1 c. flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. oats

Put it on the stir setting and stir in
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. cranberries
(Can substitute 1 cup of other dried fruit, nuts, etc. - this is what my husband likes in his oatmeal cookies!)

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Take them out when the middle looks not quite set but the edges are brown and crispy.

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